Wednesday, November 28, 2007

sti for sale!

i'm sad to say the time has come. i will probably regret this, but i'm putting the sti up for sale and i want to see it go to a good home.

you've seen the pictures, you've seen the video.. here are the details:

2005 STi. 42k miles currently on the odo.

i had to order this car from japan (an agonizing wait) since white is a highly desirable color. engine was properly broken-in. mobil 1 synthetic oil and factory filters used every 3k miles after. services done at dealer(northcoast subaru in glen cove, ny). they know me well!

i've spent a lot of time dialing in the handling of this car and the results show. the front grip and turn-in is awesome. great steady state balance, kickass in the slaloms. you can throttle steer it, pitch it into corners, drift it... it handles beautifully. this car is consistently at the top in the right hands. i will supply shock and tire pressure settings to the buyer if you're an autoxer.

tein flex coilovers. 10kg/mm springs all around.
whiteline camber bolts.
whiteline 27/29mm front sway bar
whiteline adjustable rear sway bar.
kartboy endlinks front and rear

goodridge stainless steel lines
ate super blue fluid
hawk hps brake pads all around
front brake rotors replaced recently.

helix catted downpipe
spt catback
cobb accessport with custom maps. pdx stage 2 + 100 octane STU map.

this car makes sick power with either map.

3 sets of wheels:
stock silver bbs unmounted (also have re070 with decent tread left unmounted)
17x9 5zigen fno1rc (black with polished lip) with end of life advan neovas.
17x8 rota boost (gunmetal) with nokian WR all-season snow rated tires- badass in snow. great in dry.

factory short shift option
compass/autodimming mirror
factory lamco boost gauge
recaro speed driver's seat
jazzy engineering ipod adaptor
anti-theft security enhancements(i'll explain to buyer)

rally armor mudflaps
holunfie stickers (+10hp)

tein 8kg/mm springs (pair)
strano 32mm front bar
factory rear sway bar
stock driver's seat
stock suspension
couple sets of track pads. ferodo ds3000, hawk ht-10

serious buyers only please. i guarantee that you will have a shit-eating grin on your face after a test drive. there is nothing to touch on this car to make it competitive for STU. if you want more comfort over the winter, put in the stock suspension like i have. the teins have never seen snow/salt.

kbb value on this car is $23k stock. i will let this go for $24k FIRM with ALL of the goodies. i believe that is more than fair. shoot me an email if you're interested.

PLEASE- no flakers or tire kickers.. serious buyers only!

what's next for me? most likely an s2k while i patiently wait for used exige prices to fall. rwd is calling me.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Grant Sheffield Winchester

I'll tell you what, the 2nd time around childbirth was definitely a more relaxed experience. It's alot more enjoyable being "in the moment" than being caught up in your own fears. Nature does it's thing pretty damn well. With that said the 24th finally came and Diane gave birth to our 2nd son, Grant Sheffield Winchester. Everything went according to plan and the little guy was born at 9:25 am, 7lbs 9oz, 21 1/4" long. Check out the pics!

For the 2nd time in a row Diane and I had a great experience here. The Women's Care Center (maternity ward) is full of great nurses.

Mommy and Daddy ready and waiting!
The might look like I'm goofing off here, but this is one of the most intense times life can deliver. Right now Diane is getting anesthesia and being prepped for surgery. This is the longest 20 minutes of your life! Turns out it's a great time to say a prayer or two.
Turned out to be a crisp, clear fall day.

Here's the man!

Words fail me.
Made it outside just in time for a sunset skyline shot of Bridgeport.
Gabe has been handling his new duties as Big Brother quite well. He hooks up Mommy with fresh diapers for Grant. Uncle Tommy also taught him some new spitball skills at the hospital, watch out this kid has accuracy!
Mooommmmmyyyyy I want num-nums!
Ready for his first car ride home! Daddy drove like an old granny.

This is our favorite part, nothing like taking your children home.

Gabe was a huge help getting Grant out of his car seat.

So everyone is now home and adjusting to Grant's presence. Mommy is recovering well, Grant is definitely getting his poop on and Gabe is still a 2 yr old if you know what I mean.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Pine Barrens Express Experience

This is my third year running the PBX, but first year driving. Always good fun driving or co-driving. My co-driver Jon did quite well considering it was his first TSD road rally, and the scores from the first leg of the rally showed that. We were 8th overall (including classes allowing rally computers), but the second leg we managed to get lost pretty bad a couple times (I blame myself!). This video shows the rather problematic sections for us, but it makes for good video. Pardon the bad video/sound quality.

-Chris S.

Monday, November 19, 2007

pbx rally

here's a few minutes of what was 5 hours in the woods this past saturday..

unfortunately, i didn't capture the best action on tape.. the 1st tape ran out while we were pitching the car sideways on some WRC like twisties!

the 2.5rs is amazing.. so well balanced in the dirt. stable and inspiring. subaru really knows how to build a fun to drive car.


Sunday, November 4, 2007

It's Silly Season and time for Research!!!!!

So whenever it approaches winter time I get this big itch to do some research and spend money. This year is a hard look at suspension and effects on roll center with changes in ride height or whatever I can figure out. Included in that is the possibility of running 10" wheels all around.

chrisw on evom supplied the following kick ass link on why you should run wide wheels with wide tires:

Steve @ ZZYZX has also posted some great reference info on his site too:

Read on and learn you some geeky stuff.